Tooth decay is caused by a combination of various factors. The amount and severity of cavities in your mouth is determined by the balance of several risk factors. The balance of risk factors varies from person to person and throughout a person’s life.
For people who are at high risk for tooth decay, regular brushing and flossing will help prevent tooth decay.
The risk of tooth decay is determined by the number and type of cavity-causing bacteria in your mouth. The acids produced by these bacteria are neutralized or buffered by saliva.
The mineral composition and hardness of tooth enamel can also influence tooth decay.
Poor home dental care and diet can also to tooth decay and cavities.
Tooth decay will result in a cavity in the tooth. The cavity must be removed (drilled out) and the lost tooth structure replaced with a dental restoration.
Your dentist may also recommend the use of dental sealants or mild prophylactic fillings on teeth that are at high risk for cavities.
There are other important things you can do to reduce your risk of tooth decay.
Items that can be used at home to prevent tooth decay include:
These are some of the options you can discuss with your dentist/hygienist.
Bacteria that cause cavities eventually enter the tooth’s nerve and blood supply (root canal). If cavities are not treated, bacteria can invade the tooth and cause pain and infection. Root canal treatment will be required. If the cavity is too large, it may be impossible to repair and may require removal.
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